County Employees on the County Commission?

The Knoxville News-Sentinel favors barring county employees from serving on the county commission. Michael Silence, the Sentinel’s blogger, disagrees with his paper:

I’m not comfortable telling a group of people they can’t run for an elected office.

Michael also points out that this law would prohibit teachers from serving on county commission. I have to agree with Michael here – county employees should be free to run for county commission. They are no less citizens than anyone else. The voters can then decide if they are comfortable with them serving on a case-by-case basis.

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